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Specification writing and management
McRobb, Max, 1915-
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Publication Information:
New York : M. Dekker, [1989]

Physical Description:
xii, 184 pages ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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This informative volume presents an applications-oriented approach to specification writing and management -- focusing on real-world examples and issues that can be used by all industries, regardless of size or type. Filling a gap in the literature, Specification Writing and Management covers the latest technological developments in the field ... identifies major unsuspected problems in the use of specification ... shows new insight into management-level thinking about specifications within the context of a total system ... supplies case studies of actual problems and their proven solutions ... discusses specification faults, such as inconsistency in the use of words and phrases, and contradictory statements and ideas ... examines the control procedure for procurement specifications ... plus more. Specification Writing and Management is essential reading for all quality control, reliability, standards, and specifications engineers; quality control specialists; federal, state, and local inspection and quality agency personnel; and undergraduate students in quality control and reliability courses. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Max McRobb retired as Quality Manager, Special Assignments, from T. I. Raleigh Cycle Co., Ltd., in Nottingham, England

Table of Contents

About the Seriesp. iii
Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
1 A Brief Historical Reviewp. 1
2 Current Specification Types and Their Purposep. 7
3 Basic Specification Problemsp. 15
4 Specification Faults: Group 1--Wordsp. 25
5 Specification Faults: Group 2--Ideasp. 39
6 Specification Faults: Group 3--Presentationp. 63
7 Case Study 1: Customer Specification Problemp. 75
8 Case Study 1: Customer Specification Problems--A Solutionp. 81
9 Case Study 2: Manufacturing Specification Problemp. 89
10 Case Study 2: Manufacturing Specification Problems--A Solutionp. 95
11 Case Study 3: In-House Acceptance Specification Problemsp. 105
12 Case Study 3: In-House Acceptance Specification Problems--A Solutionp. 109
13 Case Study 4: Control Procedure for Procurement Specificationsp. 117
14 Case Study 5: Control Procedure for Incoming Piece-Part Acceptance Specificationsp. 123
15 Case Study 6: Pointing to Specification Managementp. 127
16 The Concept of Specification Managementp. 133
17 Introducing Specification Managementp. 139
18 Case Study 7: A Recent Practical Exercisep. 143
Text of a Functional Specification for the Provision of Toxic Material Container Maintenance Workshopsp. 144
Revised Version of Specification Z100p. 166
19 Word Processors and Document Preparationp. 173
20 Conclusionsp. 177
Indexp. 179